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US Kids Shouldn't Go to School Hungry

Author: Karen Dolan

Dolan, Karen. “US Kids Shouldn't Go to School Hungry.” Common Dreams, 7 Sept. 2019, www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/07/us-kids-shouldnt-go-school-hungry.


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Nearly half of America's children live in low-income and poor families, and the majority of public school students qualify for free breakfast and lunch programs. Nearly 30 million children—more than the population of Texas — benefit from the National School Lunch Program.

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Cesar Echeverria (Sep 03 2021 9:25AM) : i also believe kids shouldn't go to school hungry this is because if they do they fail to gain the thing the teacher is teaching them
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alessandra miranda (Sep 17 2021 8:58AM) : sometimes people don't have enough money to eat so they rely on school more

I feel like the government can help with this type of thing. They could try to give money kind of like a stimulus and some type of money like that helps out with the little or the most

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Francisco Lugo Enriquez (Sep 23 2021 3:17PM) : Seventy mayors also sent a letter to the Trump administration chastising it for this proposed change.
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Itzia Aranda Pacheco (Sep 24 2021 10:03AM) : kids shouldn't go to school hungry half of the time it interrupts their learning, less information actually being learned but it is also given the opportunity to eat at school as the schools gives proportion of foods to get you thru the day.
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Carina Grajeda (Sep 24 2021 11:21AM) : Hunger more

I believe that when kids go to school there should be like different kinds of breakfast because sometimes kids can be allergic. I don’t think that kids should go to school hungry though, kids and their parents should buy or make like at least a little snack or a granola bar for a little snack for school. Kids can also bring money to school and buy something or just get salad from the lunch ladies.

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Sixto Siqueiros (Sep 24 2021 12:10PM) : So one might wonder why politicians would want to literally take healthy food out of the mouths of hungry school children.
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Marcos Garcia Molina (Sep 25 2021 10:35AM) : I don’t think that kids should go to school hungry though, kids and their parents should buy or make like at least a little snack or a granola bar for a little snack for school.
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Jesus Hernandez (Sep 25 2021 11:10AM) : poor families more

poor families in the US are dieing of thurst hunger and shelter some poeple in the US help others

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Viviana Tran (Sep 29 2021 10:26AM) : kids hungry more

I think kids going to school hungry s not good because maybe they dont want to eat in the morning but at lunch it comes a time when they are hungry. If im being honest school food isnt that good thats why many kids stay hungry instead of get something to eat. schools should start getting better food or let the kids decide what the people should make.

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Michael Fisch (Sep 03 2021 9:32AM) : Money more

I feel like the government can help with this type of thing. They could try to give money kind of like a stimulus and some type of money like that helps out with the little or the most

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Javier Ochoa (Sep 17 2021 9:35AM) : yup more

i agree with you cus the govermint should help

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2020 Isabella DiNardo (Feb 07 2020 9:33AM) : School lunch programs in public schools are beneficial

In low-income households, it's often food that gets sacrificed to pay rent, utilities, and health bills. Parents or older siblings will go without so the youngest can eat. Or cheap non-nutritious food may be the only affordable option.

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School lunch programs, linked to household income and eligibility to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (known as SNAP, or food stamps), have been critical for feeding kids. And the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act, which enjoyed bipartisan support when it passed in 2010, has made school lunches healthier by reducing sodium and saturated fats, and adding whole grains.

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2020 Isabella DiNardo (Feb 07 2020 9:35AM) : SNAP and the Healthy, Hunger-free Kida act have made food more healthy and accessible to school children
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However, the Trump administration began a rollback of the nutrition standards in the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act over a year ago. And now, as part of a proposed new rule that would knock 3 million struggling families off SNAP, over half a million children would lose access to the free and reduced lunch program.

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2020 Isabella DiNardo (Feb 07 2020 9:35AM) : Rolling this back has a huge negative effect
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There's virtually no debate that kids need nutritious food to stay healthy and learn at school. Numerous and broad studies have shown that school meal programs reduce obesity, poor health and food insecurity.

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2020 Isabella DiNardo (Feb 07 2020 9:35AM) : Food is a necessity for proper learning
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Victoria Gabriela Mejia (Sep 24 2021 2:23PM) : yeah kids need to eat because they need it. more

food is really nesesary because is nutritious and helps with yore learning.

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So one might wonder why politicians would want to literally take healthy food out of the mouths of hungry school children. Great question.

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The rollback of nutrition standards, for starters, appears to be a naked giveaway to the dairy industry, which complained that their profits were affected when school meals started cutting back on saturated fat.

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For the school lunch cuts, the Trump administration is using the phony justification that SNAP is rife with fraud. In reality, advocates say SNAP hasthe most rigorous standards of any federal program. Less than 1 percent of SNAP spending is estimated to be fraudulent—likely much lower than the Pentagon, which can't pass an audit, yet whose far bigger budget Trump keeps increasing.

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2020 Isabella DiNardo (Feb 07 2020 9:36AM) : Trump rolled back SNAP saying it was rife with financial fraud
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This proposed rule change seems a barely veiled attempt to take more money from effective safety net programs for those in need—while no expense is spared to ensure the extremely wealthy get tax breaks.

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2020 Isabella DiNardo (Feb 07 2020 9:37AM) : Makes life harder for those not wealthy
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Dejah Munoz (Sep 09 2021 11:48AM) : this makes life harder for the people that don't have a lot of money or aren't wealthy
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Since the proposed rule change has been opened for the mandatory 60-day public comment period, over 4,000 people have weighed in strongly opposed.
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"If you are human, please continue to feed other humans," writes Houston, Texas resident Kaura Webb. Former school teacher Barbara McCarty from Palm Desert California says, "Do NOT diminish this vital program for OUR families in need. As a former school teacher and mother, I know personally how important nutrition is for young minds to grow."

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Seventy mayors also sent a letter to the Trump administration chastising it for this proposed change.

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They point out that "this far reaching executive action will escalate food insecurity and hunger for an estimated 3.1 million individuals—including children, seniors, and people with disabilities." It will also "put children's health and development at risk" and "harm our economy by reducing the amount of SNAP dollars available to spur regional and local economic activity."

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2020 Isabella DiNardo (Feb 07 2020 9:37AM) : Food insecurity puts students' development at risk
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As children head back to school this year, at the very least they deserve access to hot and nutritious meals. It's a moral imperative. There should be no other choice in the wealthiest country in the world.

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Naeva Ortega (Aug 20 2021 9:18AM) : There should be no other choice in the wealthiest country in the world. more

That is very true. The U.S is the wealthiest country in the world and the kids do not need to be hungry at school. They should be able to eat.

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Mayrim Juarez Navarro (Sep 24 2021 10:16AM) : The money given by tax payers is most likely not used in the best way to improve the country. more

The fact that taking away healthy and nutritious foods from schools is even in question shows that then funds for school is too low. Why would we need to take the chance for students to eat proper and healthy food away?

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Isabella Lopez (Sep 24 2021 10:31AM) : "If you are human, please continue to feed other humans,",What can we do to help feed ourselves as well. I agree the government should help fund schools. considering the quality of most school food we need a better budget
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